Thursday, June 18, 2009

Has it been that long???

Holy moly I can't believe my last blog was in April. If anyone will still be reading this and has read before, I get consumed with stress. The beginning and end of the school year just hammers me. My hubs just doesn't understand. I was at work on Tuesday from 8:30 until 7:30 just to have everything ready for the last day of school. He thinks if it's the last day of school I should have no more work and just be able to walk out the door. It does not work that way.

So I have still been struggling with maintaining my weight. It was so easy for me the first year. I probably was almost cocky about it. I didn't understand what was so hard. You plan your meals, track your food, stay within your points, exercise. As I type it it still sounds simple. But ever since my surgery last summer I have been up 10-18 lbs. above my lowest weight. I try to ask other people who have lost weight, "When you lost, did you get down to your lowest weight, and then bounce up a little to where your body wants to be?" No one seems to answer me. They either don't understand what I'm asking, haven't had that experience, or think I'm talking about plateaus. I mean when I was in the midst of losing I dropped down to 117. That's my lowest weight. Last year I had a tummy tuck and seemed to instantly gain 10 lbs. That still seems weird to me. I had a pound of skin removed, I should have dropped to 116 but instead I bounced up to 127. Lately my highest weight has been 135! I feel like crap at that weight. When I was 117 everyone told me I needed to gain 10 lbs. Well I gained that and then some and I don't like how I look or feel. I don't like that ALL my pants are tight. I don't like that I can feel back fat when I sit. I don't like it. So I am back to no longer trying to maintain but trying to lose again. This morning I weighed 129 and normally this would frustrate me, but I haven't seen a 2 in the tens place in awhile and it was a welcomed change. Here is a quick recap of the last 2 months:
  • I ran a 10K April 19. I ran it in 51:21.
  • I ran a 12K May 3. Finished in 100:02.
  • Ran my 2nd 1/2 marathon and got a PR! Finished in 01:47:04.5. This time I raced I felt great afterwards. My first race I had to lay in be for 6 hours due to rotten gut! I'm pretty sure it was eating GU with caffeine that hurt my tummy. I had GU this race plus Imodium before my race and it helped tremendously.
  • Went to a family reunion in Atlanta with my husband and oldest son to meet family I'd never met. It was amazing.
  • Signed up for a 12 person relay race that's 190 miles long. I did not think it all the way through. It's a 2 day race which means I could have a leg at 2:00 in the morning! Well it will be an experience.
  • I am trying to eat more clean. Not that I eat bad, my I find myself snacking off my children's plates. I need to stop eating as many crackers and thing like that!

So have any of you lost weight but your body couldn't maintain it and you gained a little bit more? Maybe it's just me. Everyone keeps telling me this must be where my body wants to be but I don't receive that well.


Katy said...

I would love to hear about your tummy tuck (if you don't mind!) I'm considering one once I get to my goal weight. Three kids haven't helped!!!!!

To answer your question, my Weight Watchers leader did this. She got to her goal weight, but has put on about 5kg but is much happier where she is, but I think she is still within her goal range for her height.

Jules said...

I'm so glad your back. :) YEAH!! I was hoping if I waited long enough, you'd retunr :) Welcome back. :)

I wish i had some advice on the going up after being in mainting mode. I'm just not there yet.

Good luck with the races! And enjoy your summer :)

carla said...


so many thoughts about the maintaining. Not sure what I think about set point (I do think I have one) but I DO THINK that we know inside what is realistic and maintainable and what is too low (or as you said MAKES US FEEL LIKE CRAP :))

D10 said...

Thanks for checking in! You have had a lot of stuff going on. Great job with the PR and meeting family. I don't have any real advice for you about the weight.

*Irene* said...

I'm 5'10 and my lowest weight was 140 on my wedding day. Within 6 months I right about 150. Everyone told me I was too skinny at 140 but I feel my best at that weight. I think my body likes 150 better.